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Asaram's ashram on ridge violates green laws: Govt

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 24 Juli 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: Government on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha that the 'ashram' of controversial godman Asaram Bapu on the ecologically sensitive central ridge of Delhi has made "certain violations".

Responding to a Parliament question, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply that an official committee inspected the site of the Asaram Ashram Trust in the central ridge area and found "certain violations".

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the government to constitute the committee comprising the additional principal chief conservator of forests, representatives of the environment ministry and the Ridge Management Board to inspect part of the central ridge area.

Sharing other details of the ridge area, Javadekar said out of a total 864 hectare land notified as central ridge, 423 hectares was under the administrative control of the Delhi government's forest department.

He said there was no encroachment reported in the area under the administrative control of Delhi government's forest department.

A petition before the NGT had alleged that Asaram's trust had illegally constructed an 'ashram' and other structures in the central ridge despite a notification issued by the Delhi government in May 1994 declaring the ridge as "reserved forest" in terms of the provisions of the Indian Forest Act.

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E-sub-registrar: As easy as click of mouse, register at will

The government has announced its plans to develop a hundred smart cities at a cost of over Rs 7,000cr.

What is a smart city? There are many definitions, but broadly it's one where the quality of governance is enhanced with the integration and use of sensors, cameras and data centres through the application of IT. It has hugely impacted the management of traffic, policing, power and water supply, healthcare, transport, communications etc around the world. How smart is Delhi? At first glance, we are not even getting there. But there are some bright spots in the city, baby steps, which this new occasional series will attempt to capture.

NEW DELHI: Parking chaos greets you outside the government complex housing the sub-registrar offices in Mehrauli, south Delhi. Hassled men and women jostle to get to a grilled window labelled as "Counter No.1" to speak to an anxious looking staffer. An elderly couple sits on chairs screwed to the wall, sweating in the heat. Their property agent, overeager to prove his worth, quickly glides through the crowd to reach the next window for submitting documents.

Deed writers, advocates and a few agents hang out at the gate in the hope of catching some gullible clients. An asbestos cover is the only relief from the heat and humidity if you don't count the makeshift cold drink and snack counter. There are no toilet and water facilities. This is the scene outside the sub-registrar office (Kalkaji), southeast district.

The building next door is also a sub-registrar office but nothing like what you would have imagined. This is an e-sub-registrar office (Mehrauli), and that one alphabet has made all the difference. There is a green landscape around the building. A ramp, followed by a broad stairway , leads to a reception area.

A civil defence volunteer sits before a computer and attends to the few visitors here compared to the 200 odd people in the adjacent building. The e-sub registrar offices — 11 of them — give online appointments through a link on the website of Delhi government's revenue department. Those who come without one are given at date at the reception. On the online portal, a prominent scroll runs the announcement "appointment with e-sub registrar office". A mouse click leads to a menu displaying all the 11 e-sub registrar offices and the links.

Then pops up a menu of queries to be filled in for appointment and a checklist of the documents you need to apply for over a dozen kinds of registries — from property sale and purchase to transfer deeds, gift deeds, relinquishment deeds, rent agreements and will registration among others. A unique ID number is generated as the reference for the appointment day.

At the Hauz Khas office, which covers a significant part of south Delhi, you find people at ease as dependence on the staff is limited and there is no unseemly hurry.

The staff at the reception verifies the appointment ID and issues token numbers. The people then wait in an air-conditioned area with screens flashing the token numbers and sharp executives manning six counters set up for verifying documents and digitising them.

Radha Khanna, a senior citizen from Jangpura, waits patiently for her turn. She is full of praise for this Cinderella-like for this Cinderella-like transformation of the old system. "I have hired an agent to get my work done, but I am now realizing that things are changing. There has been no harassment so far," she says. She has come to register her ail ing sister's property located in the Hauz Khas area.

There is silence in the waiting areas as people watch the screen rather than seek information from the counter outside. Once the papers are cleared, people are led straight to the office of sub-registrar Lokesh Kumar. The data, already fed in by the executives at the counter, appears in the specified format and the registrar simply follows the laid out steps to seal the document.

Speaking on the advantages of the new system, Lokesh Kumar says all the data of the documents registered is stored safely in a server to rule out any scope for tampering.

"For instance, a lot of wills are registered these days. In order to deal with disputes over properties, we now videograph the will registration process. If a court seeks these clips in case of such a dispute, the video can be provided as evidence," says Kumar.

A wall-mounted LED screens shows a CCTV image of the various sections of the sub-registrar's office, ensuring complete transparency. With rooms that have glass and wooden panels, the office represents a clear breaking away from the babu culture defined by closed doors and secrecy.

The last step is a visit to the photo section where the file through the in-house computerised system is declared approved by the registrar.

Digitised photos of the parties are superimposed on the documents in the files and then a final file number generated. The applicant's documents are filed under the digitised file number and sent to a record room where the file is scanned and saved to the digitised archive. The hard copy is stored in the sanitised record areas made of steel chambers that are secured with locks.

Applicants leave from a door at the other end with a digitised number that promises a secure future for lifelong investments.

Revenue secretary and Delhi's divisional commissioner Dharampal told TOI that the remaining six of the 17 sub-registrar offices will also move to e-mode by the end of this year. "We are identifying space for having one e-sub registrar office in each of the 33 sub-divisions in 11 districts," he added.

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Asaram's ashram in ridge has committed violations: Govt

NEW DELHI: Government on Wednesday informed Lok Sabha that the 'ashram' of controversial godman Asaram Bapu on the ecologically sensitive central ridge of Delhi has made "certain violations".

Responding to a Parliament question, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in a written reply that an official committee inspected the site of the Asaram Ashram Trust in the central ridge area and found "certain violations".

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had asked the government to constitute the committee comprising the additional principal chief conservator of forests, representatives of the environment ministry and the Ridge Management Board to inspect part of the central ridge area.

Sharing other details of the ridge area, Javadekar said out of a total 864 hectare land notified as central ridge, 423 hectares was under the administrative control of the Delhi government's forest department.

He said there was no encroachment reported in the area under the administrative control of Delhi government's forest department.

A petition before the NGT had alleged that Asaram's trust had illegally constructed an 'ashram' and other structures in the central ridge despite a notification issued by the Delhi government in May 1994 declaring the ridge as "reserved forest" in terms of the provisions of the Indian Forest Act.

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Road mishap victim's family gets Rs 46.4 lakh compensation

NEW DELHI: The family members of a 40-year- old man, who died in a road accident involving a negligently driven motorcycle, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 46 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

The tribunal directed New India Insurance Company Ltd, with which the motorcycle was insured, to pay Rs 46,43,020 to the wife, minor children and mother of Hemant Verma, who died in the accident in June 2011.

"It was noted that there is nothing on record to show that the petitioners (family) had any enmity with the driver of the offending vehicle so as to falsely implicate him in the case. The issue thus stands decided in favour of petitioners holding that the accident happened as a result of negligent driving by respondent no.1 (offending motorcycle driver)," MACT Presiding Officer Ravinder Bedi said.

Verma's family said in the petition that the incident took place on the morning of June 19, 2011, when the victim along with his uncle was going on his motorcycle.

Verma, a resident of Gandhi Nagar in east Delhi, was riding the bike while his uncle was a pillion rider.

As they reached in front of Karkardooma Court in east Delhi, a motorcycle being driven at a high speed and in a rash and negligent manner by Dinesh Kumar, hit Verma's bike from behind.

Due to the impact, Verma and his uncle fell down on the road and were taken to Dr. Hedgewar Hospital where Verma died.

A criminal case was also registered at Anand Vihar Police Station.

The tribunal also relied on the testimony of Verma's uncle Madan Mohan Verma who was an eyewitness to the accident.

Verma's wife told the tribunal that her husband was engaged in the business of printing and dyeing clothes and was earning over Rs 21,000 per month.

Kumar did not appear before the tribunal.

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Manipuri youth's murder: 5 accused sent to judicial custody till Aug 7

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Thursday remanded five accused, arrested for allegedly murdering a 29-year-old youth from Manipur, in 14 days judicial custody.

"I have gone through the application seeking grant of 14 days judicial custody of all the accused and in accordance with the facts and circumstances of the case, all the accused are remanded in judicial custody till August 7," Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar said.

The court also allowed the plea of counsel for accused Rajiv seeking directions to the police to keep in safe custody the CCTV footage of the incident and not to tamper with it as it stands to be material evidence on record.

"Directions are issued to the SHO of Kotla Mubarakpur Police Station to keep the relevant CCTV footage in safe custody," the magistrate said.

Accused Lokesh Bhadana, who was earlier absconding and arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday evening, was produced before the court.

The other four accused — Shakti Basoya (21), his cousin Sanjay Basoya (24), Rajiv (25) and Azad Chaudhary — were produced before the court after expiry of their police custody.

All the accused were produced in the court amid tight security.

Earlier, police had said in the court that the assault was captured on CCTV cameras installed in South Delhi's Kotla Mubarakpur area, which showed one of the men wrapping a cloth around victim Akha Salouni's neck and swinging him around in the air.

It had said that the youths then pinned down the victim on the floor and showered blows and kicks on him. All the accused were booked under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and various provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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Man held with leapord skin

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 23 Juli 2014 | 22.10

NEW DELHI: The outer district police, along with a team of wildlife officials, arrested a man dealing in animal parts and recovered a leopard skin. The man used to buy skins from local villagers in Himachal Pradesh and sell them in Delhi. The cops got a tip-off that a man named Sher Singh Chauhan would come with an uncured leopard skin to sell near Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. A team led by ACP (operations) Omvir Bhati laid a trap and arrested him.
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DDA draw for Rohini plots in August

NEW DELHI: Following the Supreme Court's order of giving land to the allottees of DDA's 33-year-old Rohini housing scheme, a draw has been announced for the remaining allottees next month.

According to DDA, only 744 allottees of the initial 82,384 successful applicants are yet to get land and all of them will be allotted plots on August 8.

Some of the allottees, however, alleged that DDA wasn't really carrying out the court order. Rahul Gupta, an allottee, said the apex court had asked DDA to hand over "developed plots" while the authority would hold a draw for plots that have no connecting services, power or water.

Senior DDA officials said the plots couldn't be developed as residents of the nearby Barwala village had opposed the land acquisition. "We will make sure that all services are extended to the plots by November," said DDA vice-chairperson Balvinder Kumar.


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IGI airport makes it easier to fly with pets

NEW DELHI: Flyers will no longer have to worry about carrying pets on their journey - the airport operator on Tuesday announced a travel information and facilitation desk, 'Pet Fly', at IGI's terminal 3.

"Pet owners can visit the 'Pet Fly' desk, which will facilitate pet owners in seeking clearance from the airline, accommodate pet in a kennel of appropriate size and get it checked in as excess baggage," said a DIAL spokesperson.


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Congress questions Modi's silence on killing of Manipuri youth

NEW DELHI: Congress slammed Narendra Modi for his silence over the killing of a Manipuri youth in the national capital, saying the Prime Minister should fulfil the promise made during the election campaign regarding the security of people from the Northeast.

The party demanded urgent implementation of the recommendations of Bezbaruah committee, which was set up to look into concerns of people from the Northeast living in different parts of the country after huge public outcry over killing of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania.

"When the murder of Nido Tania took place, the present Prime Minister personally visited Tania's family. BJP even tried to politicise the issue by holding rallies. We would like to remind him of the solemn promises made by him to the people of Northeast at that time," said Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala.

He said, "We request the government and the PM to remember those promises and fulfil them."

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Manipuri youth murder: 4th accused sent to 1-day police custody

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court today remanded the fourth accused arrested in connection with the murder of a 29-year-old youth from Manipur in one-day police custody.

While orally observing that "it appears to be an incident of road rage," Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar sent Azad Chaudhary to police custody till July 24 and allowed the police officials to interrogate him.

"I have gone through the application seeking grant of one day police custody of the arrested accused along with relevant records. Application is allowed and the accused be produced before the court on July 24," the magistrate said.

While seeking his custody, the police said Chaudhary's custodial interrogation was required to nab another co-accused Lokesh, who was still at large.

Chaudhary (24), a driver by profession and a resident of Garhi Village, was arrested yesterday for his alleged involvement in the crime.

Yesterday, the court had remanded three other arrested accused-- Shakti Basoya (21), his cousin Sanjay Basoya (24) and Rajiv (25) — in police custody till July 24.

The police had told the court that the accused, who have been arrested in connection with the case after analysis of CCTV footage, have revealed the involvement of one other accused in the crime.

The investigators had told the court that a piece of cloth which was used in the crime was yet to be recovered.

Police had also said that the assault was captured on CCTV cameras installed in the South Delhi's Kotla Mubarakpur area which showed one of the men wrapping a cloth around victim Akha Salouni's neck and swinging him around in the air.

It had said that the youths then pinned down the victim on the floor and showered blows and kicks on him.

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